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450. Loving Those in Our Life

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Episode 450

TODAY’S READING:

Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 22:36-40

 

The one thing that stood out to me is that he said that the first commandment was the most powerful, and that is that we have to love our Lord. 

 

We love him with all of our heart, with all of our soul, all of our minds. And as Christians, we believe that we are a three-part, we are a body, we are a soul or spirit, and in that, we have to show him love and respect and honor through all three parts. 

 

It that is in our spirit, so in our conversations with him in our communication with him, that is in our soul, which is, you know, the things that we partake in the conversations that we have the things that make us right our personalities, what activities are we taking apart and what movies are we watching? What music are we listening to? That creates who we are, and is that honoring and loving God? And then the last thing, our bodies, are we caring for our bodies? Are we taking care of our bodies? Are we drinking enough water? Are we getting enough exercise? 

 

Those are the two things that I struggled with the most water being a big issue. I don’t drink a lot of water. It’s something that I realized is malnourished me, and it’s just a very simple thing that I can do to honor him, which is just to nurture my body. And so there are three parts in which we can honor and love is God, and then the outside is extending that love to other people, which I think is why he says, and the second is like it. So in the sense that it is similar to the first in which we are loving God when we do these things, which is to love our neighbors as ourselves. And when we talk about that, what that means is that you wouldn’t treat yourself with bad intentions, and maybe we do without realizing it. And maybe that’s a word for someone in the sense of negative self talk, not amounting are not aspiring to be better, not having dreams for yourself, really not thinking highly of yourself. I think that that can be a direct correlation with how you view the world and others. 

 

Maybe you see the world as this cynical place because you also don’t have the self worth in the sense that you don’t think that you can amount to anything, so really does anybody in the world amount to something. And that’s something to ponder on. Because we are to love ourselves. God made us wonderfully and fearfully made. He knows every hair on our head. He calls us by name. He met us in our mother’s womb. All of these are scripture verses that we need to remind ourselves of every single day. 

 

The Lord is my Savior; the Lord is my rock. These are the different things we can tell ourselves to help boost that self-worth. But I was created on purpose for a purpose. And I have a calling on this earth. I have a column in this life, and when you talk to yourself that way, we can start talking to others that way. 

 

Prayer

Father God, we love you so much, and we ask that you bless this beautiful Friday. We thank you for a lovely week of devotionals as we look to you and your love, or today we are going to devote to loving ourselves, loving others but most importantly, loving you. We love to you; first, we show you our love through the way that we speak through the way that we act through the ways that we do life, and then beyond that, we extend that same pure love to other people as you extend to us first. Lord, we love who you’ve created, and we love the reflection in the mirror, and we’re declaring that today, even if we don’t necessarily feel it all the time. We love our friends and our families, and we look to them in the eyes of grace as you look to them. We love you with everything, and we ask that you bless this beautiful Friday. It is in your son’s mighty mean that we pray. Amen.

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I'm the coffee obsessed baker from Miami, FL who got too busy to find time to read scripture everyday. I knew my life was better with Jesus and I knew I wasn't the only one struggling with finding alone time with God every morning, so I put my dreams of opening a bakery aside and set out to produce a five minute daily devotional. What first started as an email chain, has now flourished into a beautiful community and I am so happy you are here!

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